DAVID FRIEDMAN, one of this country's most beloved songwriters, is best known for writing songs that touch our hearts and speak to our souls. He has written songs for everyone from Disney to Diana Ross, produced and wrote for the late/great Nancy LaMott, conducted and vocal arranged 6 musicals on Broadway and numerous Disney Animated Films, and is in this 8th year of writing a song a month with Kathie Lee Gifford for the Today Show Everyone Has a Story segment. His hit musical, Desperate Measures (A 6 character country and Western version of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure) written with Peter Kellogg, returns to Off Broadway later this year after a hit run at the York Theatre.
FRANK MASTRONE has appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Cats, Big: The Musical, Jekyll and Hydeand Saturday Night Fever. Some Off Broadway, National Tour and concert credits include Tapestry: The Music of Carol King (Union Square Theatre), Cats, Les Miserables, Evita, Mamma Mia, Kismet (City Center Encores) and South Pacific, Show Boat and Kristina (all at Carnegie Hall). Frank has performed at the Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven), The Old Globe Theatre (San Diego) The Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City) and The Royal Albert Hall (London). He works as an entertainment specialist for a senior living corporation; teaches musical theatre at the Greenwich Performing Arts Studio; performs with numerous theatre companies and choirs; creates events, concerts and cabarets for a large variety of businesses and non-profit organizations; and, with his wife Ramona, is having a blast raising their fifteen year old triplet daughters! frankmastrone.com
RAISSA KATONA BENNETTOn Broadway, Raissa appeared as “Christine Daae” in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA & CHESS Concert. First National Tours: CATS (Jelly/Jenny), PARADE (Lizzie Phagan). Recently off-Broadway she created the roles of “Annie (Mommy) McGrath” in WATER FROM THE MOON at Urban Stages, and “Mother Hawkins” in DEVIL AND THE DEEP for Theatre East, with music/lyrics by Air Supply’s Graham Russell. Raissa is a MAC & Bistro Award Winning nightclub performer and has headlined at Feinstein’s, The Iridium Jazz Club, and guest starred at Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, 54 Below, Algonquin’s Oak Room, the Rainbow Room, to name a few. She returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre on April 26th & May 3rd, celebrating the release of her newest CD, “Can’t Help Singing – The Music of Jerome Kern”, joining her first 2 CD’s “Another Kind of Light”, and “What I Was Dreaming Of”. On April 20th, Raissa is thrilled to make her Music Theatre of CT debut as “Helen” in the Obie & Tony Award Winning Musical Drama, FUN HOME. Raissa lives in NYC & Norwalk with her husband, Dr. Garrett Bennett, and their 4 tiny rescue dogs: Otie, Phoebe, Molly & Tiny. RaissaKatonaBennett.com
KENNETH GARTMAN (MUSIC DIRECTOR/PIANIST/SINGER) – Theatre: Inner Voices III: Arlington (Off-Broadway);Broadcast (NMTC2013); The ToyMaker (NMTC2012). Cabaret/Concerts: Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour, Joshing Around, A Ballsy Christmas Open Mic (Host). Singer/Performer: Kenneth Gartman…Not Like the Other Cavemen, National Tour of The Music Man; Side by Side by Sondheim; Simply Sondheim LIVE! (BBC Broadcast). KennethGartman.com
ANNABELLE FOXis a CT native, Nashville grad., and current NYC actress. Annabelle has appeared in many musicals, workshops, and plays on stages from the Paper Mill Playhouse to The Old Town Hall. Favorite credits include: Kathy Selden (Singin' in the Rain), Magnolia (Showboat), Chava (Fiddler on the Roof), and Thea (Spring Awakening). She is a founding member of the New York Theatre Club Silent Planet, counterpart to a folk duo with her husband Fiddler & the Fox, woman behind NYC'S newest blog Actor Meets Coffee, and Abigail King in the upcoming musical, Johnny & the Devil's Box. Her mission in life is to bring joy to people through performance and a hot cup of coffee. Romans 12:2.
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